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Mermaid Cottage
Downalong, St Ives

£507 - £1408 per week

Mermaid Cottage is a beautiful, recently restored, Grade II listed property, retaining many of its original features. This charming property is set over three floors, offering modern, comfortable accommodation where the owners have given plenty of consideration to guests comfort. Their historic knowledge of the cottage, along with a collection of old photographs, dating back to its roots as a fisherman's cottage, will give both historians and lovers of St Ives, the ability to enjoy stepping back in time, as you read through its past.

Nestled in the heart of Downalong, St Ives town, with its impressive array of shops and restaurants, is only a few feet away, yet the cottage is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Fore Street. St Ives' award winning beaches and the harbour are within a very short walk, where in the summer, you can enjoy those al fresco evenings.


accessed from Virgin Street via one small step into;

Kitchen/dining/snug area

dining table and four chairs, two seater sofa, lounge chair with footstool, fridge with ice box, electric hob and oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer, Nespresso coffee machine, Smart TV. Stairs to first floor.


situated on the ground floor, WC and basin.

Shower room

large shower enclosure, WC and basin.

Bedroom 1

double bed

Sitting room

two seater sofa, two chairs, Smart TV, woodburner. Stairs to second floor.

Bedroom 2

zip and link beds, (twin or superking size), TV, basin, sea glimpses.

Additional information

The stair case to the second floor, which is original to this listed house and characteristic of the old fishermen's cottages in St Ives, is very steep and extra care should be taken, particularly by young children or those with restricted mobility. Highchair and travel cot (please bring your own linen) available on request. Included in the rental is an allocated parking space at the St Ives Rugby Club, which is a 15-20 minute walk uphill from Mermaid Cottage, please ask for more details, WiFi, one dog welcome, short breaks available.


A really lovely cottage, very close to the main streets of St Ives, but still very quiet. We really enjoyed our stay here. We opted to sleep on the upper level using the king bed which was really comfortable. Would definitely stay here again.

December 2021

A lovely, comfortable & well thought out cottage. Spacious enough for 4 adults & dog & a great location.

September 2021

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Situated between Porthmeor Beach and the harbour, where fishermen still land a daily catch, holiday cottages in this area are ideally situated for those guests who want to stay right in the heart of the town within seconds of all St Ives has to offer. The cottages, most of which still retain much of their original character and features, have been updated to accommodate modern day living and offer a home from home whilst giving a true feeling of the real St Ives. Read about Holidays in St Ives.

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Local events

New Year's Eve in St Ives

Spend New Year's Eve in St Ives for an unforgettable evening at the largest fancy dress party in the county. Ring in the New Year with an unbeatable fireworks display by the sea. 

31st December 2022

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St Ives Feast Day

Feast Day offers visitors the chance to witness, and even join in with, a centuries-old tradition. The Mayor 'Hurls the Silver Ball' into the crowd on the beach below. The one who returns the ball to the Guildhall steps by midday receives a silver coin. 

6th February 2023

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival

Growing in size and popularity, the St Ives Food Festival features top chefs, quality Cornish goods, sandcastle competitions for children and food demonstrations.

13th - 15th May 2021

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St Ives September Festival

Now becoming a sellout event, this festival keeps attracting more and more visitors who come to enjoy a wide range of acts, including music, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

10th - 24th September 2022

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St Ives Bay Helicopter Tours

For two weeks only, Adventure 001, supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance, will be bringing their helicopter experiences to St Ives! Book your flight online and take in the incredible views across St Ives bay and beyond!

July and August 2022

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What our guests say...

We know how important honest reviews are when it comes to booking your holiday. To help you choose the right property for you, we publish all reviews left by guests who have stayed here in the past, with the few exceptions stated in our Review Guidelines. Please bear in mind that some facilities referred to by past guests in reviews can be removed or changed at any time.

A really lovely cottage, very close to the main streets of St Ives, but still very quiet. We really enjoyed our stay here. We opted to sleep on the upper level using the king bed which was really comfortable. Would definitely stay here again.

A lovely, comfortable & well thought out cottage. Spacious enough for 4 adults & dog & a great location.

Our second visit to Mermaid cottage . We love it’s location for convenience and Virgin St is so pretty.The cottage is extremely comfortable and furniture and equipment are all of a high standard. Will definitely return again. Simone Harris

Lovely cottage with an enviable location. It was great to be in the heart of the town with such easy access to local amenities and local beaches. We really enjoyed our stay and found the house to be well equipped and of a high standard. Aspects staff in town were also on hand to answer any questions which was very useful.

Mermaid cottage is an immaculate, exceptionally well renovated old cottage that oozes charm. It is perfectly placed for a fabulous holiday in St Ives and is well equipped with everything you may need. We loved every minute of our holiday and plan to return soon!

Mermaid Cottage is a hidden gem, just yards away from St Ives best bakery & all the other lovely shops & restaurants on Fore Street. The cottage has been beautifully renovated, and has e writhing you need for a getaway to St Ives, particularly for couples with older children or a dog. Perhaps not so suitable for young children because of the steep stairs. Very well equipped & a great size kitchen & living space on the ground floor, and a smaller lounge upstairs. We will definitely be visiting again. Thank you

The owners of this beautiful cottage have thought of absolutely everything to include. A welcome hamper was left on arrival including milk in the fridge which was a thoughtful touch. The property is in immaculate condition including smart TVs throughout. Location is perfect including sea view in top bedroom. Would recommend to anyone wanting a break away in St Ives and would definitely look to stay again in the future. Thank you Aspect Holidays and our lovely hosts for a fantastic stay!

Mermaid cottage surpassed our expectations. It's in a perfect location, was spotlessly clean, a really good size for a family of 4 and a dog. Dog friendly places sometimes feel a bit lower grade but mermaid cottage was lovely. We would definitely book this one again, and have recommended to friends.

A lovely cosy cottage, excellent location just a few steps away from the harbour and beaches. We had a very enjoyable stay.

Fantastic cottage in the heart of St Ives. Has everything you need for a break. Would love to return!

We loved Mermaid cottage . Best one yet in St Ives . Compact and done up to a very high standard with lots of thought put into it. Excellent and very handy position . Will definitely return .

As someone who can be incredibly fussy about holiday accommodation Mermaid Cottage exceeded all expectations. An Immaculate cottage with history yet comfortable, modern and contemporary on the inside. Stylishly furnished, super well equipped and arguably has the best location in St Ives. Cannot rate Mermaid Cottage, St Ives or Aspects Holidays highly enough!

Mermaid Cottage is a beautiful cottage with all modern facilities. It is closely located to three beaches of St Ives and very central. We cannot recommend this accommodation enough and we will certainly be returning in the future.